Green New Deal is a ‘guise’ to usher in socialism, lawmaker warns

By Rachel del Guidice | The Daily Signal

Members of the conservative Republican Study Committee say Democrats’ Green New Deal would be an economic wrecking ball.

“This is something that should concern every single American, because it will impact their pocketbooks. It will impact their families. It would, in a literal sense, change the very nature of our country,” Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., chairman of the Republican Study Committee, said Tuesday in an interview with The Daily Signal for the group’s second episode of “Elephants in the Room” on Facebook Live.

“It is a guise, I think, to usher in the principles of socialism,” he added.

“Elephants in the Room,” launched April 9, is a live series hosted by The Daily Signal, where Republican Study Committee members address pressing issues of the day.

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who has sponsored the Green New Deal, is headlining a rally May 13 in Washington, D.C., in support of the legislation.

The Green New Deal, introduced in the form of a nonbinding resolution Feb. 7, would, among other things, “phase out conventional fuels (that is, oil, natural gas, and coal) by 2030 … ; implement a federal jobs guarantee; retrofit all U.S. buildings; overhaul transportation with high-speed rail; and provide universal health care,” Heritage Foundation scholar Lee Edwards wrote in a recent commentary.

The GOP group has released a “13-page takedown” of the Green New Deal. The document notes that one of the main goals of the Green New Deal is to “meet 100 percent of power demand through zero-emission energy sources,” but it points out that only 17 percent of the country’s energy generation comes from renewable sources.

“We are ‘all-of-the-above’ folks” supporting a wide range of energy sources, Johnson said. “We believe not only in the president’s vision for energy independence, but energy dominance. We achieve that … through private-sector innovation, not government regulation.”

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., the co-chairman of Congressional Republicans’ House Energy Action Team, said the Green New Deal would dismantle the gains the economy has made as a result of President Donald Trump’s policies.

“For the first time in my lifetime, we have jobs seeking employees, versus employees seeking jobs, and so, Trump policies, Republican policies, with taxes and with energy, have actually worked in this economy, and I don’t know why the Democrats would want to throw cold water on a robust economy,” Duncan said.

Johnson said the Green New Deal would force the American people to make drastic adjustments to their lifestyles to pay for the legislation, which he said “would do nothing” to improve the environment.

“Twenty-four percent of low-income families, they would have to make changes to cope with this. Twenty-four percent would have to go without food for a day, 37 percent would delay receiving medical attention, 34 percent would miss filling medications, and 23 percent would keep home temperatures at an unhealthy range,” Johnson said, citing figures from the study committee’s background paper, dubbed “A Greedy New Steal.”

Duncan said his Republican colleagues should instead be more focused on ways the country can capitalize on its abundant natural oil and gas reserves to promote energy independence and dominance.

“Energy dominance, being a nation of [exporting] crude oil and natural gas is not talked about enough by Republicans,” Duncan said. “We are not just meeting our domestic needs now. We have a surplus, and we are able to send it around the globe to improve the lives of people in poverty right now, in Africa or Third World countries.”

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Mark Dixon

6 thoughts on “Green New Deal is a ‘guise’ to usher in socialism, lawmaker warns

  1. Just like the only government that actually works is our Constitutional Republic
    (not perfect but works mostly for the people)
    Capitalism is the only form of business that works.
    (not perfect but works mostly for the peoples needs)
    So FU UN & NWO Soros, we don’t want your stinking socialism or communism or Euroism.

  2. Environmentalism is a cult religion. They even have their own bible, The Green Bible. I am a conservationist and believe in good steward-ship of our God given resources.

  3. Of course it is according to Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change.

    “At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.”

    U.N. Official Reveals Real Reason Behind Warming Scare


    Economic Systems: The alarmists keep telling us their concern about global warming is all about man’s stewardship of the environment. But we know that’s not true. A United Nations official has now confirmed this.

    At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

    “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said.

    Referring to a new international treaty environmentalists hope will be adopted at the Paris climate change conference later this year, she added: “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

    The only economic model in the last 150 years that has ever worked at all is capitalism. The evidence is prima facie: From a feudal order that lasted a thousand years, produced zero growth and kept workdays long and lifespans short, the countries that have embraced free-market capitalism have enjoyed a system in which output has increased 70-fold, work days have been halved and lifespans doubled.

    Figueres is perhaps the perfect person for the job of transforming “the economic development model” because she’s really never seen it work. “If you look at Ms. Figueres’ Wikipedia page,” notes Cato economist Dan Mitchell: Making the world look at their right hand while they choke developed economies with their left.

  4. I’m watching this video…….these guys, lovem’ but aren’t going to win anybody over.

  5. Clearly the green new deal is ushered in by all the United Nations, NWO lemmings. Our country has been “educated” about global warming for 40 years now. To think these people are suddenly going to change their minds, even when given facts, isn’t going to happen between now and 2020.

    Being environmentally conscious, frugal with natural resources is like falling off a log for any fiscally responsible conservative, they’ve been doing it all their lives.

    The only difference between a hippie and prepper, is the later understand that someone will steal there stuff when things going down and the definition of an omnivore includes the intake of meat. Other than that the amount of common ground is massive, why not embrace and enjoy?

    We can be a source of agriculture, technology that is efficient and good for our bodies. By bringing up reasonable ideas for conservation, rather than self serving crony ideas and government taxation, we can prosper better financially and via health.

    Yeah, high speed trains, carbon taxation, giving away free stuff when it’s already too expensive doesn’t help the environment, just helps the good ole boys connected to government.

  6. Green New Deal, Hey AOC just show me the complete plan on all your ideas !!

    list projects like the elimination of ” Planes, Trains, Auto’s” and schedules along with
    the appropriate cost and timeline as you have stated if the boondoggle isn’t implemented
    within in twelve years the worlds is going to explode ……………….What ??

    You better hurry young lady, the clocks a ticking !!
    Socialist DemocRATs, foolishness at it’s best

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